Politics and Current Events

Most people would rather die than think; in fact they do so. 
Bertrand Russell

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., 18 June 2002
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From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on [The Ministry of Truth's] white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

George Orwell, 1984


(8 February 03)
Unanswered Questions (7 March 03)
Comments on Bush's Speech on Iraq (18 March 03)


All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol. 2

It is surely one of the intellectual catastrophes of history that an imperialist war confected by a small group of unelected US officials was waged against a devastated third world dictatorship on thoroughly ideological grounds having to do with world dominance, security control, and scarce resources, but disguised for its true intent, hastened and reasoned for by orientalists who betrayed their calling as scholars.
Edward Said - A Window On The World
The Guardian, 2 August 2003
Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires.
Edward Said - Orientalism 25 Years Later
Counterpunch, August 4, 2003